1916 Rising plaque unveiled at Washington Monument

Minister of State Kevin Boxer Moran, Senator Mark Daly and Irish Ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall attended the unveiling. Picture by RTÉ

A PLAQUE commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising has been officially unveiled at the Washington Monument.

Containing the wording of the 1916 Proclamation, it was presented to the US National Park Service on behalf of the President and people of Ireland.

After a three-year closure for renovation work, the Washington Monument reopens to the public today.

This will allow visitors their first chance to see the 1916 plaque.

The monument also contains commemorative and memorial stones from all 50 states, as well as plaques from 17 countries.

Minister of State Kevin 'Boxer' Moran and Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly were in DC for the unveiling.

"This plaque will now be visible to the public for the first time and honours the connection to George Washington and the fight for Independence," he said.

"This rare honour celebrates the shared heritage of our two nations and reminds us of our precious friendship and ties."

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